Autonomous driving technology promises a long list of exciting benefits and services, but like any connected technology, it could be vulnerable to attack from hackers. As such, powerful GM cybersecurity countermeasures will be critical to the automaker’s future as it rolls out its latest high-tech offerings.
Speaking at the recent 2020 RSA Conference, an event focused on exploring the latest in information security, General Motors CEO Mary Barra outlined the need for robust GM cybersecurity with regard to future products and goals.
“Our vision is to create a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion,” Barra said. “It’s not a pipe dream, we know it’s achievable. The critical technologies that will make it a reality include electric, autonomous vehicles, and connectivity – and cybersecurity is foundational to all of these.”
The forthcoming Cruise Origin is one example of all three of those technologies. As such, Origin will need to lead in GM cybersecurity efforts.
“The Origin has no pedals, no steering wheel, and no backup human driver. Using highly specialized sensors and computers it delivers superhuman performance, and at reasonable cost. It features multiple layers of protection designed from the ground up, like the vehicle itself.”
The new GM Global B digital vehicle architecture is another example of stronger GM cybersecurity measures. Debuting on the new Cadillac CT5 and rolling out now on new models, Global B also offers greater processing power and enhanced connectivity.
According to Barra, General Motors has invested upwards $100 million into GM cybersecurity efforts, including 500 new hires in the areas of cryptology, data analytics, mathematics, and program management. The new hires are set to develop defense monitoring and detection systems, as well as incident response capabilities.
Barra called on the rest of the auto industry to follow suit in taking automotive cybersecurity seriously, as one hack could threaten consumer trust in the entire industry. Barra estimates that millions of new cybersecurity positions will open up by 2022.
“We need more talent, a lot more,” she said. “Without the right people and the right tools, the security risks will increase in this connected world and endanger the long-term success of virtually every business that exists within a digital ecosystem.”